Gifts for Men You Barely Know

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Gifts for Men You Barely Know
Choosing a gift for a man you barely know can be difficult. (a gift image by Sandi Chetwynd from

Whether you are trying to find a gift for a holiday exchange at the office or for a distant relative you have only met a few times, trying to find an appropriate gift for a man you barely know can be difficult. While all men can be difficult to shop for, this is especially true if you do not know the personality or interests of the man you are shopping for. There are several gifts that are appropriate for any man for any occasion.

Gift Card

Gift cards are truly the go-to gift when you have no idea what to purchase for a person. Restaurants, coffee shops and most retailers offer gift cards in any monetary amount you choose, allowing you to work this gift into any budget. If you know very little about the man you are purchasing the gift for, restaurants and chain retail stores like Target or Walmart are appropriate choices.

Grooming Kit

A grooming kit is a practical gift idea, as most men shave their faces and use facial grooming products. A kit that contains a razor, shaving cream or gel, aftershave, facial soap and lotion is an appropriate choice for men of all ages.

Coffee Sampler

Major retailers often sell sampler sets containing several different flavours of coffee around Christmas time. If you know the man well enough to know he is not a coffee drinker, a hot chocolate sampler set or a hot tea sampler set is also an appropriate gift.

Personal Organizer

If the man you are shopping for works in a setting where he needs to keep track of dates, such as an office or business, a personal organiser is a gift idea to consider. Gift organisers come in a wide variety of sizes, from pocket-sized to notebook-sized, and in a multitude of colours.


A bottle of wine is an appropriate gift for a man you are not well acquainted with, and is appropriate for gift-giving occasions like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Red and white wine are both acceptable choices.

Small Electronics

Small electronic items like alarm clocks, currency converters and pocket calculators are practical gift ideas for men you do not know very well that are fairly inexpensive. These gifts are also small enough to use as stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts.

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